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35-hour week: Do the French really work less?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 25.02.16: France is famous (or infamous) for its short working week. But in reality, the stereotype of lazy French workers attached to their 35-hour week is an exaggeration.

Introduced in 2000 to boost job creation, the 35-hour working week remains a deeply divisive issue here in France. The right wing and business representatives say it’s the root cause of France’s economic woes. Defenders say it’s improved the well-being of workers and productivity. Over time, the law has been watered down, meaning that on average, French employees work a lot more than 35 hours a week.

By Florence VILLEMINOT

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2017-01-19 food and beverage industry

Frogs legs and brains? The French food hard to stomach

France is famous for its gastronomy, but some delicacies are a little hard to stomach for first-time visitors. From snails and blood sausage to tripe and frogs' legs, this week...

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2017-01-12 religion

Population studies: France's 'ethnicity' taboo

France is undeniably a multicultural, multi-ethnic, and multiracial society. But getting to know more about the exact make up of French society is tricky: it's forbidden by law...

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2017-01-05 France

Bonne Année 2017! How France kicks off the New Year

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 05.01.17: This week we take a closer look at how French people kick off the New Year, from obsessively wishing each other "Happy New Year" to eating...

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2016-12-08 Christmas

Christmas in France: So. Much. Food!

Join FRANCE 24 as we take a look at how we celebrate "Noël" in France. French people tend to have a big family lunch on Christmas Day, but the big day is in fact on Christmas...

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2016-12-01 France

Baby crazy: Why do French women have so many children?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 01.12.16: French people have a reputation for being pessimistic about the future and yet they are the baby-making champions of Europe. Two main...

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